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For some mid-size truck buyers, a manual transmission is still preferred over an automatic. And while more and more vehicles are starting to ditch hand-made shifts, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator has not. With this mid-size truck, owners can benefit from a six-speed manual transmission. And that means you can have more control over your drive, whether you are on your daily commute or doing a weekend of adventuring.

Does the 2022 Jeep Gladiator have a manual transmission?

As a 4×4 truck, the new Jeep Gladiator does offer a six-speed manual transmission. Because of this, it is one of the few mid-size trucks left that still allow you to control your shifting. While most buyers will probably opt for the available automatic transmission, we are happy to see a 6MT in this Jeep product.

A grey Jeep Gladiator shows off its capability in the sand as a mid-size truck.
2022 Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

In terms of engine options, the 2022 Gladiator mid-size truck has two options. These include a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 285 pound-foot of torque. Or you can opt for more torque through the turbodiesel engine that makes 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. If you do purchase the diesel option, it is not currently available with a manual transmission which is a bit of a letdown.

Is the Jeep Gladiator a good mid-size pickup?

Although according to Consumer Reports, the new Gladiator may be worth overlooking, we feel it is still a decent truck. It is ideal for Jeep fans or those who want a pickup truck that looks extremely rugged. Each Gladiator model comes “Trail Rated” which is essentially Jeep’s way of saying that it has put a vehicle to the test when it comes to off-road situations.

When it comes to utility, the 2022 Gladiator shines. It has a best-in-class 4×4 payload and best-in-class available gas towing. When properly equipped, this truck can tow up to 7,650 lbs and it can haul up to 1,700 lbs in its 5-ft bed.

How expensive is the 2022 Jeep Gladiator?

The Jeep Gladiator is not the cheapest mid-size truck, with a starting MSRP of $36,480. But in order to get that Jeep branding, a bit of a premium is expected. If you are shopping for a cheaper mid-size truck, you will likely want to consider the Toyota Tacoma or even the Nissan Frontier. Both of which are much more budget-friendly.

The 2022 Jeep Gladiator shows off its capability as a mid-size truck, it tows two watercraft on a beach.
Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

The most costly Jeep Gladiator, the High Altitude has a base price of over $50,000. And that price is before you choose to add any options. This MSRP is reflective of the fact that trucks are no longer simple tools, but can come with legitimate luxury features.

Should you buy a Gladiator with a manual transmission?

In most cases, if you have a passion for driving, opting for the manual transmission is an ideal option. But, standard transmissions can become frustrating in things like stop-and-go traffic, so it is up to you if you want to deal with that.

Cost-wise, the manual transmission is cheaper to get than optioning on the automatic. So, that is another perk we would consider when choosing which powertrain you should purchase your 2022 Gladiator with.


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